Most Americans And Canadians Want To Legalize Marijuana

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Two Thirds Of Survey Respondents In Canada And The United States Say The War On Drugs Is A Failure

A new poll was released today by Angus Reid Public Opinion. The poll shows what TWB readers have already known - that it's time to legalize marijuana. This is an excellent poll with perfect timing. As more and more states, provinces, and territories introduce marijuana reform legislation, it's important that the decision makers see that the marijuana movement is growing, and it is starting to include people that are far from the 'normal' marijuana activists. Marijuana reform is a REAL political issue, and a REAL blight on both government's policies. The sooner politicians fix the problem, the sooner we can get to working on real issues. Below is an excerpt from the poll, as well as a link to the full report:

"In the online survey of representative national samples, a majority of Canadians (57%) and Americans (54%) support the legalization of marijuana. Most respondents in each Canadian region back the legalization of cannabis, including 64 per cent of Atlantic Canadians and 60 per cent of British Columbians. In the United States, respondents in the Northeast (61%) have the highest level of support for legalizing marijuana, while those in the South hold the lowest (51%).

In Canada, men (64%) are more likely than women (50%) to call for the legalization of cannabis, while there is no wide gender gap in the United States (55% male, 53% female). The bulk of support for legal marijuana comes from respondents aged 18-to-34 in the United States (65%) and those aged 35-to-54 in Canada (61%). The level of support for legalizing other drugs---such as crack cocaine, powder cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and crystal meth---stands at 11 per cent or lower in each country. Still, two thirds of Canadians (68%) and Americans (66%) describe the "war on drugs" as a failure.

Half of respondents (50% in Canada, 49% in the United States) believe cannabis should be legal in their countries, regardless of what other nations do about it. In addition, two thirds of Americans and Canadians (66%) expect marijuana to be legal in their respective country in the next 10 years. While two thirds of Americans (65%) say the United States has a serious drug abuse problem, fewer Canadians (43%) feel the same way about their country."

Full Report, Detailed Tables and Methodology (PDF)

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